Wearing Faux Fur Means You Support the Real Thing


fur coatThere it was, hanging on the rack, the only one left. The warm and fuzzy faux fur coat was clearly a hot selling item. And, unlike most faux furs, it didn't resemble Chewbacca.

And with the pricing at just $40, I had found my new winter coat.

So I paid for it and immediately slipped it on, right there at the check-out counter, stuffing my worn peacoat into the shopping bag.

I walked out of that store with a much bigger strut than when I went in. I felt fashionable, sexy, sophisticated, and fancy in my faux fur coat.

But once the luxury had worn off, reality set in. Why did I feel fancy in it? I, a huge supporter of animal rights, had to admit to myself that it was because fur was considered luxurious.

Well, then I just felt like a horrible hypocrite. A wolf dressed up in sheep's clothing (well, actually, it looks more like mink).

Every time someone complimented me on my new coat, I felt the need to go into this long defensive explanation -- Thanks! Actually it's fake. I'd never buy a real fur coat, even if I could afford it! I'm highly against that. Those poor animals!

I knew that they could care less about where I stood on animal rights, but I was doing it more for myself ... to convince myself that I bought the coat because it was warm and chic. Not because it resembled coats that were created from animals who were kept in horrible conditions until they ultimately died.

It didn't help matters when a stranger came up to me, actually crossing the entire length of the room, to tell me that I was an evil person for wearing fur. When I gave them my memorized defense speech, they responded back with Well, that's just as bad.

If I hadn't been in a very public place, I would've cried. But the person made a valid point. Unless you're wearing a blatantly obvious faux (and if that's the case, honey, just don't wear it ... whether you're a friend or foe to the animals), who will know if your jacket is real or fake? They make assumptions, and 50% of those assumptions will probably lean toward the real thing. So there you are, a walking billboard for fur fashion.

I've since come to peace with my faux fur -- it's just too chic to give up. Plus it's getting cold as hell outside and the thing traps in heat like a greenhouse. I still give my defensive speech, but I no longer worry about what others think of me. So I may be a walking contradiction -- but at least I know I'm walking in a fake.

Do you wear faux fur? Do you think wearing faux fur is just as bad as wearing real fur?

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Katie Sasso

Good for you. I don't necessarily have a problem with the real stuff, 100 years ago people didnt just use the fur, they used the meat, the bones, etc. All parts of the animal were being used to some good. Fur was a nessessity, not a luxury, at that time. That being said, I am more for the faux stuff now than the real stuff, though I'm not one of THOSE people who will cross a room to tell a complete stranger something that is none of my business. I would not have a problem necessarily wearing the real thing either. Call faux fur hypocritical if you want, i don't see it that way. It's a way to have the look and feel of luxury without having to decimate some already almost extinct population. And if people judge you for it it's there problem,not yours

jmtmn jmtmn

Do you wear leather?

hotic... hoticedcoffee

Personally, I think fur - real or fake - is pretty ugly, so I don't wear it.  However, I do love leather - bags, shoes, and jackets.  The idea of having real fur on me is sort of icky, and I can't really tell you why I don't feel the same about real skin (leather) - so I guess I'm a hypocrite on this one.

molly... mollymae09

I think it looks ugly either way. I don't wear fur or animal print of any sort. I just think it looks tacky.

tazdvl tazdvl

Doesn't matter to me if it is real or not, I have a leather bag and coat which to me is no different then fur.

ethan... ethans_momma06

Seriously, if someone wants to get all hot and bothered over and ASSumption that THEY made... that is THEIR problem. Since most anti-fur people protest wearing fur on the grounds of animal rights (cruel treatment, etc.) wearing fake fur is OBVIOUSLY no where near as bad.

nonmember avatar kate stewart

I like the *look* of fur, but not the animal death that's required to make one. So it would seem that faux is the way to go, right? I haven't come across a faux that I both liked and looked good on me so I haven't had to face the firing squad of strangers, but I bet it's grueling.

Carey... Carey2006


tonya... tonyalynn

i dont agree

frysh... fryshannon34

I do not like fur fake or real and I would be doing the same thing explaining over and over everytime some one said anything

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